Gender: Male Pronunciation: nye-al Meaning of Niall: "cloud" Origin of Niall: Irish

Niall Origin and Meaning

The name Niall is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "cloud".

Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool.

This is an ancient name borne by several of the high kings of Tara, the most famous of whom was the powerful semi-mythological fifth century king known as Niall of the Nine Hostages, ancestor of all the O'Neills and MacNeills that followed.

Niall Ferguson is a respected English historian, one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2004.

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Pop Culture References for the name Niall

Nialle, Nial


Kittylove Says:


Too one direction like.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I really like this name. Plus who can't love the cute and adorable Niall Horan of One Direction. I just think that anyone named Niall today would always be asked if they were named after a member of One Direction. Honestly I don't care. I just think this name is so beautiful. If you don't like this spelling try Nyle. There is a famous deaf actor and model with this name and it's just as beautiful although I prefer Niall.

weirdskyfan64 Says:


Er... I'm a Niall, and a couple of the uninitiated tend to pronounce it Neil, but not often.
The worst bit is when people spell it with one L, or, even worse but much rarer, when they spell it like the river. A little part of me dies whenever that happens.

HaleyD Says:


I believe his name was actually Niles.

Zelliew Says:


I'm not up on One Direction - the only Niall I have heard of was Frasier's brother

alyssum Says:


One commenter already brought this up, but how often do you run into someone who pronounces this spelling "Neil"? Because I've liked this name for a while, but I never ran into the Ny-al pronunciation before Dragon Age and One Direction.

Zuzana Says:


I'm in love with this name and it's meaning.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't hate One Direction but I'm not a huge fan "(or"Directioner") either. This name is too connected to the singer for me. He's the first person I heard it on.

kiwipop Says:


I wouldn't use this because I hate one direction.

ho_hey Says:


nialler is mah husb :d

Essa Says:


I've never known a Niall to pronounce their name the same as Neil. Neil = Neel and Niall=Nile

carlee_and_the_direction_duuh Says:


Niall is bae!!!!!!

jasminegarden Says:


Niall Horan is one of my favourite people so I love this name, Irish names in general are very attractive :)

unicornluvgirl Says:


This name sounds so bad to me.